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Be Original, Youths Urged

Be Original, Youths Urged
Less fortunate people receive lunch parcels from members of the Advocacy through Creative Techniques (ACT) around Suva on August 11, 2017.
August 19
12:43 2017

A week-long Youth Fest was held as a build-up to last Saturday’s National Youth Day celebration.

A “Thoughts Aloud” session was held last Thursday at the Fiji School of Medicine, Pasifika Campus in Suva.

Advocacy through Creative Techniques (ACT) Fiji founder, Elisha Bano said it’s the first youth fest and they want to make it an annual event.

About 10 performers took to the stage sharing poems and songs.

Short videos were also screened ranging from various issues on equality, racism, gender, mental health, environment and peace.

“Our main aim is to inspire more young people to write on their own and perform their original pieces,” she said.

Ms Bano said she didn’t want it to be a poetry slam or just singing so they came up with Thoughts Aloud.

“It’s you’re speaking your mind and your thoughts aloud it can be spoken word, poetry or it can be anything and you have the space here, Last Tuesday the fest had the 72nd Hiroshima Peace Memorial event at the ICT Japan Pacific Theatre.

Last Friday the ACT group delivered lunch parcels to the less fortunate around Suva.

And last Saturday as part of the youth celebration, they had a Youth Advocacy workshop on human rights, multiculturalism, and peace.

“We also explored creative ways of doing advocacy and there was also a panel of discussion called My Talanoa,” said Ms Bano.

She believes one of the challenges is youth participation and access to opportunities.

Performer, Anish Reddy who sang and did a poem said it was his first time performing at the event.

“The song Runaway took me seven minutes to write back in March based-on my mood at the time,” he said.

Mr Reddy said his writings are based on life experiences and is the first of many performances to come.

This year’s National Youth Day theme is: “Youth Building Peace” celebrated worldwide on August 12th.

The Youth Fest 2017 is collaboration between ACT Fiji, World Peace Initiative, Fiji National University and Fiji School of Medicine  Students Association.

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